Consultant - The Boston Consulting Group, Paris
MSc in International Finance, Class of 2009. Previously at Université Pierre et Marie Curie
The MIF program allows students to get access to both leading academic experts and recognized business professionals and customizes your cursus by allowing you to choose the elective courses that are the most interesting to you.
- What is your career path so far?
I started my career in financial markets, working as a structurer and sales on structured products for a range of leading financial institutions (Exane BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse and HSBC) in Paris and London. It has been a fantastic opportunity to build an in-depth knowledge of the Corporate and Investment Banking industry from a technical and operational angle (e.g. creation of an algorithmic investment strategy based on variance swaps, management of a customer portfolio). Though sometimes challenging, it was a unique experience to get an insider view of how the global financial crisis unfolded, while building adaptive capacity.
After these experiences, I wanted to build a broader understanding of the financial industry, while still developing a strong business and operational knowledge. Following discussions with a number of HEC Alumni to identify potential career paths, management consulting became the obvious answer and the option I wanted to pursue. I joined Oliver Wyman Financial Services in 2010 to help leading companies to adapt to their upcoming challenges (e.g. scarce resources environment, paradigm shift following the GFC, Basel III regulation…) and decided to move to the Boston Consulting Group in 2012 to build a broader skills set including digital strategy, process optimization and large transformation program management while interacting more frequently with senior client members including C-suites.
- Could you explain your role as a consultant in strategy and why do you find it interesting?
That is a very tricky question! Since 2010, I have worked on 20+ projects in France, Australia, UK, Ireland and Luxembourg on topics including retail digital strategy, IT strategy and transformation, lean management, customer-relationship/multichannel model, sales force effectiveness and large transformation programs. No need to say that defining a typical mission statement or a typical day is almost impossible.
Overall it is a very demanding job, especially because you are constantly out of your comfort zone, but also a highly rewarding one. You get the opportunity to work with very talented individuals (both within your firm and at client site) and have exposure to the most critical topics that business leaders are facing. It is very exciting to see that your efforts can make a difference and have a high impact on large organizations.
- Why would you recommend the HEC MIF Finance to someone who wants to become a consultant?
HEC MIF is a great program and I am very proud to be one of its alumni. It will enable you to get a solid understanding of all the key concepts of both the financial markets and corporate finance, which are key to understand what is going on out there. Moreover students are coming from leading international universities, which is an opportunity to build a powerful network and learn how to work with people from diverse horizons. Last but not least, the MIF program allows students to get access to both leading academic experts and recognized business professionals and customizes your cursus by allowing you to choose the elective courses that are the most interesting to you.
- What is your commitment to HEC alumni?
When I was a student and was trying to find out how to best shape my professional career, I was impressed by the quality of our alumni network. Most people were highly reactive, willing to share their insights, trying to help me the best they could… Now it is my time to give back and try to help the new generation. That is why I am actively working with the sub-group of HEC Alumni targeting students that graduated in the past 5 years and I often engage with the school to discuss how the program can be improved over time.